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National Day of Prayer is May 5

  The community is invited to attend the 65th annual National Day of Prayer at Frankenmuth City Hall on May 5, 2016. The event will begin at noon. Pre-service music will be provided by David Paul Britton.
  The theme for 2016 is Wake Up America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. 
  The history of National Day of Prayer goes back more than 50 years.
  1952: On April 17 a bill initiated by Mr. Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels and Senator Frank Carlson of Kansas was passed (Public Law 82-324) that the President of the United States was to set aside an appropriate day each year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer.
  1974: The National Prayer Committee begins as a subcommittee on prayer at the International Congress on World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974. Out of the Lausanne gathering came the U.S. Lausanne Committee, now Mission America, and America’s National Prayer Committee. Mrs. Vonette Bright was appointed to the Prayer Advisory Group.
  1979: The National Prayer Committee is officially formed. Today there are 18 members on the NPC Executive Board. Federal EIN: 75-1914068, Exempt 501 C3
  1983: The first National Day of Prayer observance, organized by the NPC, takes place at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. with featured speakers Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie.
  1986: Vonette Bright and the National Prayer Committee contact Senator Strom Thurmond (R) for guidance on writing a bill that would designate a day for the National Day of Prayer
  1987: Senator Thurmond writes the bill then introduces it to the Senate Judicial Committee. It became bill S.1378, which would amend public law 82-324. In total, 13 Senators and 90 Congressmen signed giving their endorsements.
  1988: Rabbi Haberman and Rabbi Tanenbaum express their support of the bill.
  1988: Wednesday, May 7– 4pm final confirmation is given that the bill passes unanimously in the Senate (a few days later in the House).
  1988: Thursday, May 8 – Ronald Reagan signs into law Public Law 100-307 the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer
  1991: Shirley Dobson accepts the role as Chairman of the NDP Task Force.
  1998: Bill Clinton signs into law - Pub. L. 105-225, August 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1258: The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.
  2016: Millions will observe the 65th Anniversary of the National Day of Prayer and Shirley Dobson's 25th year as Chairman.
(The history was submitted by the St. Lorenz Christian Citizenship Ministries.)



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